Let the Mountains Talk, Let the Rivers Run: A Call to Save the Earth

Let the Mountains Talk, Let the Rivers Run: A Call to Save the Earth

by David Brower
     
 

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As executive director of the Sierra Club through the 1950s and ’60s, David Brower spearheaded its landmark campaigns, launched its publishing program, and, in Jerry Mander’s words, “essentially vaulted the ecology movement into … a major international force.” Brower was the movement’s charismatic pied piper, inspiring countless…  See more details below

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As executive director of the Sierra Club through the 1950s and ’60s, David Brower spearheaded its landmark campaigns, launched its publishing program, and, in Jerry Mander’s words, “essentially vaulted the ecology movement into … a major international force.” Brower was the movement’s charismatic pied piper, inspiring countless young people to follow his lead.
This incendiary and vastly entertaining volume is vintage Brower, recounting events from his life and times as preludes to his siren songs on behalf of the Earth. His voice is erudite, beautifully cadenced, infuriatingly opinionated, and spiced with dry humor. And his insights are uncannily prescient; back in the early 1990s he called for the adoption of hybrid cars, urban core infilling, wildlife corridors, and more. We also see Brower’s other sides: as a leading mountaineer and officer in the famed 10th Mountain Division during WWII and as an innovative and discerning editor.
Brower’s tale begins at a Grateful Dead concert, where he is mentally composing a speech that will move the young audience to as much passion for conservation as they express for their music. With this delightful book available again, still more young (and not-so-young) people can be moved by his words.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578051380
Publisher:
Sierra Club Books
Publication date:
04/30/2007
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

David Brower, widely considered to be the founder of the modern environmental movement, was executive director of the Sierra Club, founder of Friends of the Earth and Earth Island Institute, and the author/editor of many Sierra Club Exhibit Format books. A half-dozen years before Brower's death, journalist Steve Chapple recorded and edited his reminiscences. Chapple is the author of seven books, including Kayaking the Full Moon; he lives in La Jolla, California.

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